With over half of the Colts roster beginning their first season with the organization, the new faces were a plenty on Saturday morning at Anderson University.
The 10 draft picks the Colts selected in April were joined by 16 other rookies getting their first taste of an NFL Training Camp.
In college, many teams held their own camps right on campus but now the ability to get away for a few weeks has caught the attention of the Colts No. 1 pick.
“Your life turns very simple. I appreciate that during camp,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “You really got football to focus on and not much else. That excites me.”
Freshly out of college, rookie tight end Coby Fleener said it felt similar to his first day at Stanford but admitted he feels much more comfortable understanding the nuances of the playbook than he was back then.
“It feels like it a little bit,” Fleener said of remembering his first year at Stanford. “A lot of learning to do, a lot of work to put in, but I think it will come a lot quicker than freshman year.”
Even though this is the first, of what hopes to be many, training camp for Fleener he understands the uniqueness of being somewhat secluded while putting in three weeks of work.
“It’s nice to kind of get away from the real world,” Fleener said. “It’s one of the few jobs in the world where you can kind of take a retreat I guess with your co-workers and it’s considered normal.”
Defensive end Cory Redding joked around that no rookie will be safe from some teasing with the veterans during training camp.
The occasional extra load of pads to and from practice might be in store for the first-year players but Redding assure it is all in good fun.
“It’s a lot of fun going through this process and not knowing what’s going on, you know, a lot of uncertainties. It’s vets like myself you help them calm down by giving them your pads to carry, giving them your helmet, all that kind of stuff,” Redding said.
“It’s training camp. You’ve got to have fun with them. It’s all about having fun and just trying to get to know the guys as much as possible.”
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